Home Health Gymtimidation: 61% of women want to work out in a female-only gym – Yahoo Entertainment

Gymtimidation: 61% of women want to work out in a female-only gym – Yahoo Entertainment

17 min read
0
0
67

Ever been put off by the intimidating weights section in the gym? Or wanted to work out but opted to do it in a more private space? It seems you're not alone.
Almost two-thirds of women (61%) would prefer to work out in a female-only space, a new poll of 2,000 UK adults finds.
Searches relating to 'gym confidence' are up 1,600% year-on-year, while 'getting over gym anxiety' has risen by 300% in the last year, analysis of Google Search Trend data discovers.
What's more, nervousness surrounding the gym varies depending on gender, with nearly twice as many women (28%) as men (16%) admitting they find it intimidating.
A quarter (29%) of women surveyed would rather opt for a gym that only women go to, while 13% would prefer to go to a mixed gym with a workout space that is female-only.
Meanwhile, a fifth (19%) said they are already a member of one of these two options.
As few as 7% of women say they feel totally comfortable in any gym setting, while this number is just over double for men (15%).
Among the top reasons women say they can find the gym daunting include a lack of knowledge around exercises and form (26%), an overall sense of being uncomfortable (26%), and feeling as though they're being stared at (22%).
While far fewer men report finding the gym intimidating, the reasons they do give include generally feeling uncomfortable in that type of surrounding (19%), finding the equipment intimidating (17%), and a lack of knowledge about exercises and form (16%).
Read more: Spice up your biceps – how to get singer Mel C's super-toned upper body
It seems it's not just the space, the company, or the exercising that can cause concerns, but self-confidence over image too, the research conducted by European lingerie specialists Hunkemöller found.
Some 15% of women revealed they don't believe they look good in gym clothing, as did a smaller number of men (10%).
While going to the gym and exercising is meant to relieve stress and anxiety, one in 10 women (10%) shared that going to a workout space makes them feel stressed (10%), with 7% saying they even feel worse about themselves afterwards.
While this might not be a surprise just from conversations between friends, there are different areas of the gym that make women feel the most anxious. Nearly half (49%) have worries about both free weights and the weights-based machines.
However, this does not by any means there isn't an appetite for this type of exercise from women, as UK searches for 'women's weight training' have increased by 81% in the past three months alone.
The term 'weightlifting routine for women' has also risen by a drastic 350% over the past three months, with an increase in searches of 83% year-on-year.
So, is it right that while women are keen to use weights, they often feel scared to do so in a gym environment, usually where they are most accessible?
Read more: Gym Buddies: Lower Body And Core Workout
This led Hunkemöller to dig a little deeper and discover which major UK cities are the most accommodating for women wanting to use a female-only workout space.
The brand analysed the number of listings on Google for 'women's gyms' and 'gyms with women's only areas' situated within a 3-mile radius of major city centres (10 miles for London), comparing with the female population in each city.
Nottingham, with eight gyms for women only exercise options, has been found as the most female-friendly city in terms of dedicated workout spaces. Overall, there is currently one female-only gym per 16,466 women in the city.
Liverpool came a close second, with one gym for 40.6k women, then Cardiff with one for 49.5k, Norwich with one for 58.4k, and then Bristol with one for 61.9k.
However, the number of women currently having to share a suitable space to meet their desired needs is still large, with extremely limited options available despite the evident interest in wanting to use non-mixed spaces.
Read more: Heavy gardening or the gym just once a week cuts your risk of dying early by a fifth
There are just 73 female-only gyms, or workout spaces with female-only areas, across the 15 major UK cities analysed in total.
Southampton offers the least female-friendly workout spaces, with no gyms just for women within three miles of the city centre, and the nearest five miles out. This is despite almost half of women from Southampton (49%) saying they would be interested in a gym that offered this type of space.
Glasgow (one gym for 269k women), Sheffield (one for 237k women), and Edinburgh (one for 227k women) also had minimal options available. Notably, London has one for 99.7k.
Watch: The time you choose to go to the gym says more about your personality than you might think
So, other than gyms needing to better cater for all women's needs, what can we do to overcome self-consciousness and intimidation in the gym, including in mixed workout spaces?
Emily Servante, Personal Trainer and Global Trainer Education Manager at Ultimate Performance, says 'gymtimidation' is far more than simply a media buzzword.
"This phenomenon presents a significant barrier to exercise," she tells Yahoo Life UK. "While such fears stem from various sources, common causes of gym-anxiety include feeling body conscious, worrying about exercising in front of others, and pressure from social media expectations.
She says it's important to remember that everyone started exactly where you are now.
"One of the biggest elements of improving the gym is skill acquisition, which comes with repetition of effort. The more consistently you train, the faster you’ll start to see results from your hard work and feel more confident in your environment. Your fitness journey is unique, so try not to fall into the trap of comparing yours to somebody else’s.
She adds that they are many reasons why you shouldn’t let gym anxiety get the better of you. "Regular exercise and weight training have extensive beneficial effects, including lower disease risk, improved mental health and cognition, and increased life quality and duration.”
Photos: Michael Conlan vs. Leigh Wood open workouts.
Maryland's average gas price has spiked to a record high $4.19 per gallon, according to AAA. That number will likely continue to creep higher.
Michael Marotta accused of sending anonymous text message that told a Black family to 'eat my bullets'
Several measures proposed in the Missouri legislature would require transgender student-athletes to play on teams of their sex assigned at birth.
Other media companies that have suspended operations in the country include The New York Times, CNN, ABC News and CBS News
"At the end of the day 'I don’t want to have kids' is reason enough, and should be respected."View Entire Post ›
Red heads needs more anesthesia and less opioids on average. Here's why redheads have a different pain tolerance and what people with red hair should know about pain.
Latest Indiana COVID-19 statistics and more.
The first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died, two months after the groundbreaking experiment, the Maryland hospital that performed the surgery announced Wednesday. David Bennett, 57, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Bennett's son praised the hospital for offering the last-ditch experiment, saying the family hoped it would help further efforts to end the organ shortage.
Constant hunger can have medical and psychological triggers. Here's how to get it under control.
Megan Fox, 35, rocks a "grandma's sofa" outfit in a new IG photo—and her washboard abs are legit fierce. Walking at least 12,000 steps a day helps keep her fit.
A Gainesville radiologist working in Miami committed malpractice in handling the results of an ultrasound on a mass in a woman’s left breast, a Florida Department of Health administrative complaint said.
Two former ICU nurses at Mount Carmel say former doctor William Husel prescribed two large fentanyl doses to the same patient 20 minutes apart.
Surgeons say "fox eye" thread lifts that pull the edges of the eyes are increasingly popular, but it can look asymmetrical if the sutures don't catch.
Men over 40 can use the trap bar deadlift in place of the barbell version for a safer option that allows them to lift heavy to pack on lower body muscle.
You never know when you or someone you know might need them.View Entire Post ›
David Bennett, 57, died Tuesday, two months after he became the first person to receive a genetically modified pig heart.
The goal of mouth taping is to encourage breathing through one’s nose, instead of one's mouth. But experts say there are some downsides.
Use this 30-day abs challenge designed by a certified trainer to sculpt and strengthen your abs and back in four weeks using bodyweight movements.
This simple "ice cream" recipe is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.

source

Charis Administrator
Sorry! The Author has not filled his profile.
×
Charis Administrator
Sorry! The Author has not filled his profile.
Load More Related Articles
Load More By Charis
Load More In Health

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Check Also

Recruitment: Nigerian Army fixes June 28 to July 11 for screening

Nigerian Army fixes June 28 to July 11 for screening The Nigerian Army has announced the d…